Gold Coast United striker Shane Smeltz has easily surpassed the previous A-League goalscoring record for a regular season. The New Zealand international netted a hat-trick on the weekend as his side demolished the Brisbane Roar 5-1 to take his tally to 18 goals from as many appearances and go nine clear of Robbie Fowler and Sergio van Dijk who are in joint second place.
He now has a stranglehold on this season's Golden Boot award as all of his main rivals failed to score in Round 21.
2009/10 A-League Golden Boot leaders board - Round 21
18 - Shane SMELTZ (Gold Coast United) 9 - Robbie FOWLER (North Queensland Fury), Sergio VAN DIJK (Brisbane Roar) 8 - Archie THOMPSON (Melbourne Victory) 7 - Carlos HERNANDEZ (Melbourne Victory) 6 - Mark BRIDGE (Sydney FC), Alex BROSQUE (Sydney FC), Steve CORICA (Sydney FC), Paul IFILL (Wellington Phoenix*), Matt SIMON (Central Coast Mariners*), Mile STERJOVSKI (Perth Glory) 5 - John ALOISI (Sydney FC), Dyron DAAL (North Queensland Fury), Chris GREENACRE (Wellington Phoenix*), Branko JELIC (Perth Glory), REINALDO (Brisbane Roar)
*denotes still to play this Thursday to complete Round 21.